Mumbai University will start courses in management, biotechnology, nanotechnology and food processing in Thane campus, which will be operational by 2014. Rs11 crore has been sanctioned for the Thane sub-centre and the state plans to build administrative and academic blocks by 2014. 22 acre of land was available in Kalwa in Thane district reserved for the purpose.
State Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope informed the House that six acre land has been given by Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for administrative and academic buildings. In 2012-13, Rs 5 crore provision was made and in 2013-14, Rs 6.5 crore has been provided. The construction work is expected to be completed in nine months and management courses will be started first followed by nano technology, bio- technology, food processing and preservative courses. The Mumbai University has made available Rs 18.22 crore for filling up administrative vacancies. The minister said the government would check with Mumbai university as to why the construction work has been delayed and issue necessary directives.
Tope was replying to a calling-attention notice that asked the government to avoid any delay in construction of a sub-centre in Thane. The local municipal corporation had allotted land for the sub-centre some years ago. Jitendra Awhad (Nationalist Congress Party) wanted to know the state’s decision on splitting the university and have separate universities for Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts. Baba Siddique (Congress) and Jitendra Awhad (NCP) demanded that students elections be started again to which the minister said he would take up the matter with the CM and Deputy CM. Awhad wondered why government engineering colleges were not set up after the formation of Maharashtra state in 1960.
While the state government has refused to split the University of Mumbai into multiple units, it has promised to start a separate campus in Thane and other places in Konkan region. The announcement was made by higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope in the Assembly on Wednesday. State does not plan to lose the brand value that the university has. “We have appointed a committee to decide on the location of several campuses affiliated to the university. We want all the institutes to bear the name of University of Mumbai,” said Tope.